Michigan Radio has announced the debut of Kids These Days, a new podcast that offers an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to be a teenager today.

This limited-run podcast is hosted by teens, and is a collaboration between Community High School in Ann Arbor and Michigan Radio’s Peabody Award-winning podcast team. Topics range from vaping, to questions about virginity and how queer teens fit in, to what it’s like to be a 15-year old living with anxiety. And unlike so much of the reporting that’s been done on these issues, Kids These Days is written by teens, for teens and goes right to the source to bring an unfiltered look into teenage life.

Kids These Days not only captures life right before COVID-19, it also sheds light on how young people are dealing with this new normal. The series premiered June 17 with an episode talking about race and youth voices on the frontline. Additional episodes are released each Wednesday through August 12, 2020. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, NPR One, or wherever you listen. A trailer is available now at michganradio.org/kidsthesedays.

The Kids These Days team includes journalism students at Community High, who report on mental health, identity and technology in their award-winning school publication, The Communicator. Producer Rachel Ishikawa has created multimedia projects with youth in Philadelphia, and was producer on WXPN’s Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul, which was nominated for a Peabody Award. Editor Jennifer Guerra develops podcasts for Michigan Radio and was the executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning podcast, Believed. Support for Kids These Days comes from Michigan Health Endowment Fund and The Children’s Foundation.

Visit the show’s webpage here.

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